There are signs that things are improving. As I write this article there is a slow trend toward decreasing numbers of new cases of COVID-19 Lancaster County and an increase in numbers of people becoming fully vaccinated.
While encouraging, it is necessary to note that this is just the beginning. We may have come a long way from one year ago, but we still have quite a ways to go before declaring this wilderness journey completed.
So we keep doing what God has called us to do. Which is to love the neighbor by continuing to adhere to the necessary practices (masks & distancing to name two) that we know help keep people safe. We must keep trying to get an appointment for the vaccine. We must not give in to the temptation of becoming lethargic in remembering and using these safe practices.
What a journey to go through during this season. Throughout the remaining weeks of Lent we follow Jesus on his own, unique journey which leads to the cross and the empty tomb. He continues to explain what is going to happen. And we continue to learn what this great, loved filled act of Jesus means for us.
This learning intensifies during Holy Week, which starts on March 28 with the Sunday of the Passion, and reaches its climax on Easter.
God bless your journey during this season. I hope you can avail yourselves of the times for worship on Wednesday evening and Sunday morning (all services are live on our Facebook page). Of course remaining safe and healthy, as God leads us with those
improving signs of God’s grace for this needy world.
Clifton D. Eshbach,